National Honor Societies for Dental Hygiene, Dentistry Induct 17 IU Dental School Students

Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Alumni: Morgan Flook, BreAnn Thornburg, Cari Willingham, Chassi Lecher, and Samantha Turner
Sigma Phi Alpha Dental Hygiene Alumni: Morgan Flook, BreAnn Thornburg, Cari Willingham, Chassi Lecher, and Samantha Turner
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Alumni: Shellie Steffen, Katherine Hungate, Lesa Allison, Diana Wu, Jason Zigler, Katie Wolz, Jonathan Dingeldein, Jayme Beadle, Keith Harrison, and Amanda Kot. Not pictured: Daniel O
Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Alumni: Shellie Steffen, Katherine Hungate, Lesa Allison, Diana Wu, Jason Zigler, Katie Wolz, Jonathan Dingeldein, Jayme Beadle, Keith Harrison, and Amanda Kot. Not pictured: Daniel O'Callaghan and Christopher Painton

Indiana University School of Dentistry congratulates five dental hygiene students and 12 dental students, who were inducted into national honor societies at a luncheon ceremony held in their honor on April 4 at University Place Hotel on the Indianapolis campus.

The students are all poised to earn their degrees in May 2012. The dental hygiene students were inducted into Theta Chapter of Sigma Phil Alpha dental hygiene honor society, and the dental students were inducted into Theta Theta Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) dental honor society.

Of the 12 incoming OKU members, Amanda Kot was recognized as OKU's Outstanding Student for 2012.

OKU also inducted Dr. Robert Stokes as a faculty member and Mr. George Eckert as an honorary member. Dr. Stokes is a longtime contributor to the IU dental school’s clinical education program in the Comprehensive Care Clinics as a clinical assistant professor of operative dentistry; and Mr. Eckert, of the IU medical school’s Division of Biostatistics, has served as a collaborator and statistician on numerous IU dental school and Oral Health Research Institute scientific studies.

Additionally, the dental society honored Jaclyn Ponder with the William S. Kramer Award of Excellence, which is given annually to an outstanding third-year dental student who has demonstrated scholarship, character, and promise in the field of dentistry. Eight previously inducted OKU members were awarded Life Membership status, including Drs. Dayn Boitet, David Fairchild, Steven Latimer, Anita Murray-Clary, and Charles Steffel, all of the DDS Class of 1978; Robert Hindman (DDS’77); David Howell (DDS’81); and Dr. Kenneth Kaneshiro (M’66 Periodontics).

OKU Outstanding Student Amanda Kot for 2012
OKU Outstanding Student Amanda Kot for 2012
Kramer Award recipient Jaclyn Ponder, 3rd year dental student
Kramer Award recipient Jaclyn Ponder, 3rd year dental student
OKU faculty inductee Dr. Robert Stokes
OKU faculty inductee Dr. Robert Stokes
Dr. David Howell was one of 8 dentists awarded life membership in OKU.
Dr. David Howell was one of 8 dentists awarded life membership in OKU.

April 6, 2012